Ardennes Plus Black Series

Light, fast, fat and fun aluminium wheels

At under a kilo and a half (1 450-odd grams), theses race-ready wheels have a healthy 115kg weight limit, and can be built (with a few more spokes) for up to a 135kg-proof set, if needed. That is remarkable, for such light hoops. The 25mm rim width let us run 23mm tubeless tyres at just 6 bar, with a 25mm feel and all the plush of a 27mm set-up, and we loved the acceleration and control we got from the shallow-section rims.

No buffeting in the howling nor’wester, and some healthy local flat KOMs showed a side to these wheels we didn’t expect – they are great all-rounders. Braking was remarkably good – there was a fair amount of squeal under really heavy braking, but that is a minor negative. It did help encourage at least one pedestrian get a move on.

Price Around R19 999